The Blanche convex mirror is composed of a small gilded frame that is rough rock crystal rays with smaller quartz crystal beads and spheres. The detailing around the mirror are fragments of Venetian glass rods.
The Blanche convex mirror is only 5 inches in diameter. Feel free to wear it as a brooch! It is currently in my studio pending being shipped to one of my showrooms. If you’d like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
A similar mirror being worn as a brooch by an angel. Thank you Van Eyck’s Last Judgement!
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Blanche is French for the color White. White has always been symbolic of honesty, purity and spiritually enlightenment.
In art white has always been used in paintings. The color was one of the first colors used in the murals of the caves of Lascaux.
In science, it was discovered by Isaac Newton in 1666 that white light could be broken into a spectrum of colors by using a prism.
In some cultures ( Japan) is is also the color of mourning.
Blanche of Castile and her son( top) in an illumination.
Blanche of Castile( 1253-1323), Queen and mother of St. Louis IX of France. She married King Louis VIII who died shortly after their coronation. Their son, Louis IX(1214-1270) became king and Blanche acted as regent during his minority. She was also regent when Louis went on a Crusade to the Holy Land, which she did not approve of because to the expense. France flourished under her regency.
Her surviving children Louis IX and Isabelle of France were canonized.
Blanche Sweet( 1896-1986), star of the silent screen.
Blanche DuBois, the lead tragic character of Tennessee Willi9am’s Pulitzer prize winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947. Vivien Leigh won and Oscar for her film portrayal of Blanche in 1951.
The man hungry character of Blanche Devereaux in the television series The Golden Girls was aired between 1985 and 1992. She was depicted by the actress Rue McClanahan.
Blanche de Force is the name of the lead character in Francois Poulanc’s opera, The Dialogues of the Carmelites( 1956). Blanche’s character is a woman frightened by the real world who finds shelter and solace in a nunnery during the French revolution. At the end of the opera all the nuns are guillotined for refusing to give up their faith.
An iconic scene from the Met’s production of Dialogues of the Carmelites. Designed by John Dexter.